Principis Christiani Archetypon Politicum. Athanasius KIRCHER.

Principis Christiani Archetypon Politicum

Amstelodami: apud Joannem Janssonium à Waesberge, 1672. Item #03182

"An Impressive Display of Kircher's Virtuosity as a Linguist"

KIRCHER, Athanasius. Principis Christiani Archetypon Politicum sive Sapientia Regnatrix; quam Regiis instructam documentis ex antiquo…Amstelodami: apud Joannem Janssonium à Waesberge, 1672.

First edition. Quarto (10 1/4 x 7 3/4 in; 261 x 200 mm). Portrait frontispiece, [18], 235, [1, colophon] pp. including 14 engraved illustrations in the text and folding table "Genealogia Domus Joanniae" between pp. 108/109.

Leaf S4 (pp. 143/144) supplied in facsimile. Text moderately to heavily foxed.

Bound in full vellum from an old hymnal decorated in red and black, green silk ties.

A good working copy of a very scarce book…

"Kircher's handbook of the virtues proper to a prince; it is also an encomium of Honoratus Joannius, who, according to Kircher embodied those virtues.

"…The Archetypon politicum is interesting not so much for its content - the history is unreliable - as for its noble and lucid style. Appended to the work are various poems in praise of Honoratus, composed in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Arabic, Aramaic, Samaritan, and Coptic - an impressive display of Kircher's virtuosity as a linguist" (Merrill).

Merrill 24. Brunet iii, 668. De Backer i, 430.24. Graesse IV, 22. Sommervogel IV, 1068.30.

Price: $1,500.00

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